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5 Reasons Why Your Car May Not Be Starting

There are a lot of reasons why your car won’t start, but some are more common than others. Here are 5 common reasons why your car won’t start and some advice to ensure your car performs at its best.

1. Dead Battery

A dead battery is the most common reason why your car won’t start. The battery is what the car uses to provide electrical power to the entire car. While the vehicle is running, the alternator charges the battery. If the battery is not charged sufficiently, you will not be able to start the car or use any electrical components.

Your battery can die for a variety of reasons, but here are a few:

  • Your headlights or dome light was left on overnight or for too long
  • You have a loose wire
  • The water inside the component evaporated, leading to poor conductivity
  • The battery’s lifespan has expired

Some common symptoms include:

  • None of the electrical components work (i.e. the lights, radio, etc.)
  • Battery light is on

One way you can test to see if the battery is the problem is by jump starting your car. If the jump start works, you’re most likely dealing with a dying battery or an alternator that could be having trouble keeping the battery charged. The best thing to do is bring your car into Integrity Automotive for a starting and charging system test to determine what’s going on under the hood.

2. Defective Ignition Switch

If you know your battery is working properly, but your car doesn’t turn over, you might have a problem with the ignition switch. You can try to narrow down the cause of your issue by turning on your headlights. This is because your car’s battery controls your headlights and dashboard, and if it’s the case that they turn on your engine isn’t able to start, then a bad ignition switch could be an issue. However, the best thing to do would be to bring your car to Integrity and have a technician you trust take a good look at it.

3. Faulty Starter

A broken starter is another common reason your car won’t start. A starter is an electrical motor that is connected to the battery. Its role is to set the engine in motion when you turn the ignition switch on. Once the engine starts, the starter’s job is complete. If the starter goes bad, the engine will not crank properly or may not crank at all when you turn the key. If you hear a clicking noise when you try to start your vehicle, a broken or weakened starter could be the reason why your car isn’t starting.

Some common symptoms include:

  • Car is not starting when turning the ignition key
  • Hear a loud clicking sound when turning the ignition key, but the engine does not start
  • Very noisy when trying to turn on your car

4.Clogged Fuel Filter

If your fuel filter is clogged, the gasoline won’t be able to reach the engine. This makes it difficult for your car to burn the fuel it needs to get going. Read your owner’s manual for specific manufacturer recommendations on when to change a fuel filter. Or, give us a call and we can try to look up some information or answer any questions you may have.

5. Empty Gas Tank

You might feel a bit silly if this is the reason why your car isn’t starting, but it happens more often than you may think! When driving around all the time, it’s sometimes easy to forget that your gas tank needs to be refilled. The solution here is simple… get more gas!

We always try to do everything we can to help you keep your car working at optimal performance. Should you have any questions about your vehicle, or need to make an appointment, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 317-573-0107 so we can help you out!